Sometimes I sit and look at the clouds, trying to see how to paint them in their full beauty. Stormy skies are easier than the dark clouds on brilliant blue sky. We've had cloudy and rainy weather... at least it's still warm-ish! And, we have a gym to work out in, so we're still getting some activity...but not much.
We must be getting used to the heat because 70° now feels chilly. We've been in Fort Myers for almost a month. The past week the weather has kept us inside - I'm getting work done - but it's hard to not miss the beach.
Especially since I finally got us a frisbee. Just in time for crappy weather.
The people here at the park are friendlier since I put up the Christmas lights. It's odd though, not having much social interaction. I do miss my weekly coffee group with fellow Unstoppable Influencers. I don't mind having so much quiet time but I know Jordan must be missing having human interaction (besides me...I'm not the greatest conversationalist). I try, but I'm perfectly ok with silence... most of the time.
It is what it is. We each have our own way of doing things. It is not your job to make anyone else happy - you can't. We each are responsible for ourselves - and nothing else.
Yesterday I read the 16th verse of the Tao Te Ching. Becoming empty is what happened to me over the past year, and I try to stay in this space... but I'm not perfect. Here's that verse...
"Become totally empty. Let your heart be at peace. Amidst the rush of worldly comings and goings, observe how endings become beginnings.
Things flourish, each by each, only to return to the Source... to what is and what is to be.
To return to the root is to find peace. To find peace is to fulfill one's destiny. To fulfill one's destiny is to be constant. To know the constant is called insight. Not knowing this cycle leads to eternal disaster.
Knowing the constant gives perspective. This perspective is impartial. Impartiality is the highest nobility; the highest nobility is Divine.
Being Divine, you will be at one with the Tao. Being at one with the Tao is eternal. This way is everlasting, not endangered by physical death." ~Lao-tzu, Tao Te Ching
We are all connected... can you feel it?
I hope you'll find the peace that's available for each of us. I'm going to finish a painting today, that's the plan anyway. 😁 Hope you all have a wonderful day!
I had a dream that I was traveling all over the world. In less than 6 months, I sold almost everything I own...bought a Toy Hauler (the "garage" is my art studio) and am now living wherever, whenever...just me, my art, and my cats.